Even though it was scheduled to commence by 10 a.m., voting did not start in most of the polling units by noon. The voters, however, waited patiently for the process to begin.
The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Akachukwu Nwankpo, cast his vote around 2:27 p.m. at Umudiapani Polling Unit 004, Okija 1 and he did not hid it that his voting for candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)Prof Soludo. which he urged his followers to vote for him.
Another candidate, Obinna Uzor of the Social Democratic Party, who voted in his ward, Umunnamehi Ward, criticized the electoral process in Ihiala as being too slow.
He said the technical hitches with the INEC’s Bimodal Verification Accreditation System prevented many voters from casting their vote early.
Earlier in the morning, around 10:30 a.m., Victor Umeh, a former senator and a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), was turned away from the headquarters of Ihiala Local Government Area by some soldiers securing the place.
Deployment of voting materials and election officials was done at the council headquarters.
Mr Umeh is APGA’s agent for the governorship election.
A senior army officer told the former senator that he ought not to be present at the council headquarters since he is APGA’s agent at the state level, not at the local level.
Charles Soludo, the APGA candidate, won in 18 out of the 20 local government areas where results have been announced so far. He scored a total of 103,946 votes.
His closest rival, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, won in only one local government area and scored a total of 51,322 votes.
There are 148,407 registered voters in Ihiala, according to INEC.
Ihiala election was peaceful, COLLATION and declaration of the winner of the Anambra governorship election is still on hold.
The returning officer, Professor Florence Obi, has not made a statement as Anambra people are getting worried but are very much assured that APGA has won the election.